Girl Most Likely
Likeable Kristin Wiig somehow becomes unsympathetic in the limp comedy "Girl Most Likely."
Wiig, who also executive produced, plays stubborn former enfant terrible playwright Imogene Duncan, forced to return to her Ocean City, New Jersey, home after being evicted from her Manhattan apartment, losing her magazine job along with her fair-weather boyfriend Peter (Brian Petsos) and her shallow and snobbish coterie.
The film opens with a flashback of Imogene playing an opinionated Dorothy in her school's production of "The Wizard of Oz," some ham-handed foreshadowing that there is indeed no place like home.
Free-spirited gambling-addicted mom Zelda (sassy Annette Bening) is shacking up with wackadoo CIA-operative boyfriend George "The Bousche" (intense Matt Dillon), timid, crab-obsessed simpleton brother Ralph (schlumpy Christopher Fitzgerald), and interloper Lee (Darren Criss), who's renting Imogene's old room.
Since Imogene's fake (and really not funny) suicide attempt didn't work, she's forced to reinvent herself for her turncoat friends. She also shepherds a disturbed Ralph as he decides to leave their house and finally visit New York City sporting his "human shell," a tortoise contraption pulled around like wheeled luggage, ready for somebody to crawl inside when protection is needed (another painfully obvious metaphor by writer Michelle Morgan).
Of course, budding love and a Bon Jovi soundtrack appear to fix all preceding problems, leading to a contrived conclusion, the staging of Imogene's new play, starring Julia Stiles and Andrea Martin, the more excellent, yet underutilized, actors.
DVD special features include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and the featurettes "Making Most Likely" and "Life in the Human Shell." If only viewers could crawl inside and hide...
"Girl Most Likely"